By Dominic Toner
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is “very confident” that Dimitri Payet will stay with the club during the January transfer window.
The Hammers have endured a miserable Premier League season and there are concerns that talisman Payet could seek a move away from the club.
The 29-year-old midfielder is continuing to perform to a high standard for West Ham, scoring three goals and supplying seven assists in 18 appearances.
Slaven Bilic’s side were expected to be challenging for a European spot this season, but they have struggled in the league and only recent back-to-back victories have moved them up to 13th in the table.
Sullivan told Sky Sports that he is “very confident” that Payet will stay with the Hammers in January, despite being linked with a move away.
French outlet Le 10 Sport reported in December that Manchester United are preparing a January bid for Payet and several club are also aware of his situation at the London Stadium.
Payet played a starring role in the club’s seventh-placed league finish last season and was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year.
The attacking midfielder was West Ham’s standout player last campaign, scoring 15 goals and supplying 17 assists in 44 appearances across all competitions.
He managed to continue his form at the European Championships and helped France get to the final, where they were beaten by Portugaline extra-time.
Payet will be focused on trying to help the Hammers climb the league table and they face relegation-threatened Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.
In other West Ham news, Danny Murphy has explained how the club can get the best form out of their star striker.